His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon today reported to the parliament the achievements of his government for the first 100 days.
“In 100 days we have made significant progress on areas of national security, social services, improving economy and foreign relations. National institutions are being rebuilt from scratch with limited resources and that is not an easy task”.
The prime minister pointed out the success on matters of national security, including the fight against Al-Shabaab and the Somali coast pirates. He stated that the government now controls most of the central and southern regions and extremist groups are on the run. The Somali coat is now safer than it was few months ago, he said, noting that pirate attacks are reduced 80 percent due to the government land-based strategy to fight pirates.
“The Somali military with Amisom forces secured the major road between Mogadishu and Baidao and will soon secure other main roads connecting Mogadishu to Baledweyn and Kismayo. With the armed embargo lifted we will have strong military force capable of keeping our borders safe”.
On social services the government’s plan is to place One Million children back to school in this year.
“We initiated a grand project to educate our children. Ten new schools will open soon in Mogadishu for the first time in 22 years and 30 more government sponsored schools will be re-open in three months. We have launched a countrywide program to solve the education emergency situation”.
The prime minister reported that his government has worked hard on improving diplomatic relations in the region and the wider world.
“We have been missing in the international arena and had one-way international relations, based on humanitarian assistance. That has changed to full diplomatic relations restored with growing numbers of countries, thanks to our foreign ministry team that has completely reformed our foreign affairs”.